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Scott Co. Sheriff: Deputy Injured In Shootout ’90 Percent Paraplegic’

Posted at 2:41 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 18:23:31-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Scott County Sheriff’s deputy wounded last week in a shootout is largely paralyzed, officials announced Monday.

“Doctors say at this point that Jaime is 90 percent paraplegic,” Sheriff Tony Hampton said Monday at a somber news conference in Georgetown.

Deputy Jaime Morales was shot late Sept. 11 in a gunfight with a serial bank robbery suspect at a rest stop off of Interstate 75. Morales was responding with federal agents to the report of a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was being driven by Edward Reynolds, 57, of Sarasota, Fla.  The FBI says Reynolds was wanted on a warrant for the robbery of a BB&T bank.  Reynolds was killed in the shootout.

Morales has been with the sheriff’s office since 2016. He was a former corporal in the U.S. Marines.

He was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Hampton said Morales had undergone several surgeries and faced a long rehabilitation ahead.

You can donate to help Morales at Whitaker Bank or by bringing your donation to the sheriff’s office.